Italy White

Ausonia 2016 Abruzzo Pecorino Machaon

This lovely Pecorino is named after the Papilio machaon butterfly that lives in Abruzzo meadows and forests. The wine is made from biodynamic grapes, grown on limestone and clay, and fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel. Aromas of melon, pineapple, and lemon zest mingle with salty, briny notes and a touch of dried flowers and anise. The palate is refreshing and mineral with bright acidity and juicy tropical and citrus fruits, lemon zest, a touch of mint and anise with a tangy finish. This is a perfect sipping wine that can easily be enjoyed on its own or paired with crunchy salads, fish dishes or white meats.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $10.99

Bianco, Marco 2011 Moscato d'Asti "Crivella"

Crivella is made with fruit from Bianco’s oldest vines, including some planted in the mid 1800s by Riccardo’s great-great-something grandfather; such old vines are extremely rare, and while they produce very little fruit, it’s impossible for Riccardo to even think about replacing them. At a tasting in the shop a customer said, “Like Sauternes with bubbles!” which was a lovely way to describe the wine and its rich and unctuous character. made lively with fizz. While there’s no botrytis, Crivella is much more complex and detailed than all but the very best Sauternes. I’ve certainly never tasted anything like it — a stunning wine. Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

Cautiero 2017 Campania IGP Fiano Erba Bianca

From 100% Fiano grapes grown in clay soils in the Sannio DOC, in inland Campania. The vineyards are farmed organically and the wine is fermented with natural yeasts and undergoes malolactic fermentation. The nose os a beautiful medley of white flower and stone fruit, and the palate shows minerality, herbal character, as well as a hint of savoriness and petrol. Great density on the palate is balanced with good acidity. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $17.99

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  • 40 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 38 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic

Fongoli 2018 Umbria Trebbiano Maceratum

A perennial favorite of ours! This is one of the most eagerly awaited skin contact wines for us, and the 2018 vintage does not disappoint. Made from the distinct Trebbiano Spoletino grape grown in the hills around Montefalco in Umbria. The grapes are hand-harvested in late October, fermented on the skins for 10 days, with daily punch-downs to extract color and structure. The wine is copper-colored and the nose is an explosion of stone fruit, peach nectar, preserved lemon, pungent blossom, tea leaves, chamomile, and dried hay. The aromatic complexity continues on the palate, with great phenolic grip, ripe tannins, and a hint of dried spices. Unlike some of its cousins, Trebbiano Spoletino keeps its acidity late into the growing season, and so the Maceratum has a fresh edge to all of its denser and more rounded elements. A near-perfect orange wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $32.99

Foradori 2018 IGT Vignetti delle Dolomiti Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco

Manzoni Bianco is an early 20th-century crossing of Riesling and Pinot Bianco, and is almost exclusively planted in a small corner of the Dolomites. Elisabetta Foradori has a small 3 hectare parcel above the town of Trento, farmed biodynamically on clay-limestone soils. Though the wine only sees 3 or 4 days of skin maceration, there is a wonderful richness and texture to the Manzoni, coupled with notes of citrus, citrus peel, honeysuckle, almond, and a definitive herbal character running through it. Very expressive. The wine ages mostly in acacia barrels, with 15% in clay. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

Giol 2018 Prosecco Sur Lie (organic, no so2)

Another rare wine in the world of Prosecco – a true natural wine, certified organic, made without sulphur, refermented in bottle and aged on the lees. What you get is Prosecco with real character and rich flavor. It’s aromatically bright with lemon notes, and in the mouth is bone dry with refreshing green apple, savory and stony, and great with food with its charming very slightly bitter and fresh finish. A wine that way out-performs at the price. Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling
  • 57 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Il Fortunato 2018 Prosecco (Organic, low SO2)

This is a rare item: Clean, crisp dry Prosecco, made from organic fruit, indigenous yeasts, very low SO2. This is a wine that will please everyone – your inner wine geek, and your (here please fill in the blank for your friend or relative who pays no attention to the details but will guzzle it down and ask for more). An amazing value! Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling
  • 81 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Koi Emilia Bianco Spumante Illusione (Trebbiano Modenese)

Flavio Restani, after spending years working for notable Lambrusco producers, is finally producing his own wine from 3.5 hectares of organic certified vines located just south of Modena. He is farming the notable grapes of the region (Lambrusco Salamino and Grasparossa) as well as Trebbiano Modenese and Trebbiano di Spagna. Selling off most of the grapes to pay for the vineyards, there are only a few thousand bottles of Koi available at the moment, and we were very happy to snag a few cases after tasting with Flavio at a natural wine fair in April. This delicious and refreshing sparkling is made in the ancestral method from the Trebbiano Modenese grape, and is undisgorged. Showing beautiful white floral tones on the nose, with bright citrus (lemon, lemon zest, lime) and pear and other orchard fruit on the palate. The palate is framed by bright acidity and the wine is in general very fresh, lively and giving. While it pours slightly cloudy (and the sediment does lend a bit of a mouth-coating aspect) there is nothing "funky" about this wine, it's just simply delicious! A wonderful aperitif, yet complex enough to accompany a meal. Oskar Kostecki

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Passerina del Frusinate IGT Donna Rosa

Passerina is a grape that I have little experience with beyond the wines of La Visciola in Lazio, which is a real shame given the depth of flavor a lifted texture the wines show.  An obscure variety native to Lazio (and possibly distinct from a grape also named Passerina that grows along Italy’s Adriatic coast). The 2015 shows a more lifted character than the 2014.  The nose is fairly tight on opening, giving notes of tart apple and pear leading into thyme and white flowers after a few minutes in the glass.  Medium body with a soft texture and crisp acidity, the flavors show more candied lemon peel, green apple, and tart pear.  Try it with grilled fish, potato or white pizza, soft cheese, or cured pork. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $16.99

Mongioia 2017 Moscato d'Asti "Lamoscata"

Lamoscata 2017 is the first wine that Mongioia has made in anfora – in this case ceramic, so not very porous, with a very small exchange of oxygen – this is not Georgian-style wine. Instead I think the anfora confers some extra texture and complexity. How else to explain this quite extraordinarily, crazy complex Moscato, like no other in its class? The nose is multi-dimensional, with intense rich peach and apricot, and hazelnut dominating. The wine is very clean and fresh on the palate, boosted with a hint of green apple and plenty of those stone fruits. They carry through to a very long and lingering finish that seems to be supported and freshened by citrusy, icy spring water. A wild wine – a must try. Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mongioia 2018 Moscato d'Asti "Belb"

In the Moscato d’Asti zone, farming is driven by volume over quality – almost all the wine made there is from industrial agriculture and industrial winemaking, which is why Moscato is usually cheap wine in every regard. The fruit for Belb comes from edenic hillside vineyards where chemicals have never been used. The winemaking matches the farming. The result is one in a million (think Moscato from Bera, the best possible alternate to Belb) – a focused wine, fresh and clean, with deep layers showing classic Moscato attributes like apricot and pear, delicate floral hints and nutty flavors. Belb is relatively low in residual sugar so it tastes fruity rather than cloying. We sell a lot of Belb to people looking for Barefoot or one of the other brands; despite the relatively high price they come back for more, converted. Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 54 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

Orto di Venezia 2016 Sant'Erasmo Bianco

Orto di Venezia is a striking wine grown on the island of San Erasmo within the lagoon of Venice.  Based on Malvasia Istriana but comprised of a number of other local cultivars all planted on its own root stock, the wine is deeply colored in the glass, with a nose reminiscent of ripe golden apples and honeysuckle undercut by a salty tone. The palate is bold, with an initial attack of juicy orchard fruit and rich texture, followed by a honeyed note giving way to a long savory finish. More than anything else, Orto shows a stern backbone of minerality bracing its mellow acidity and weight on the palate.  I served it with shrimp cooked with their own stock and butter, but this wine would pair beautifully with anything out of the sea, soft cheese, or rich vegetable dishes. Open early and serve slightly chilled.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 24 in stock
  • $11.99

Pranzegg 2015 Vino Bianco Caroline

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Manzoni froma  small .6 hectare parcel above the town of Bolzano. The vines are only 10 years old, but are already producing  a beautiful, textured white wine, that is both weighty and elegant. Quite floral on the nose, the palate shows notes of white blossom, ripe citrus, apricot, honey, and crushed vitamin candies. Decant before serving, or age for another few years. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Biodynamic

Pranzegg 2018 Vino Bianco Tonsur

A blend of Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, Sylvaner and Chardonnay, grown biodynamically on steep hillside vineyards above the town of Bolzano. In the glass, the wine is a vibrant shade of yellow. A nose of firm apricot and lemon leads to an energetic palate, showing similar notes of stone fruit and citrus, citrus peel, and white flowers. The wine has zippy acidity, great mineral character of crushed stones, and textural balance due to a bit of skin contact. A great food wine, but equally delicious on its own.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Principiano, Ferdinando 2018 Langhe Bianco

Ferdinando Principiano's Timorasso is one of the most fascinating examples of the grape we have encountered. While some expressions of Timorasso can be a bit heavy-handed and blowsy, this one is extremely lithe and charming. Coming in at only 11.2% ABV, it is still very mouth-filling and expressive. The nose opens with beautiful notes of citrus and stone fruit, white flowers, honeysuckle and a slight herbal character. While the nose smells quite rich, the palate is very finely chiselled and holds a lot of tension, with great acidity. Even more citrus on the palate (lemon and lime) with an introduction of crisp green apple, and even more of an herbal quality (tarragon). A supremely satisfying wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terraquilia 2017 Bianco dell'Emilia Col Fondo Terrebianche

This is a zesty sparkling from the hills of Emilia-Romagna. A blend of organically farmed Trebbiano di Romagna and Pignoletto, fermented méthode ancestrale, and left on the lees in bottle. The nose is a mix of bright citrus fruits (lemon, lime), apple, and fresh grass, paired with more savory aromas of warm herbs. There is a chalkiness on the palate that is both a structural quality and a flavor profile, along with notes of apple and lime. David Hatzopoulos

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur